(This first appeared in the 2022 annual edition of the JAXPORT magazine)
First Coast Terminals, LLC (FCT), a subsidiary of Tote Group, celebrated its one-year anniversary this month highlighting the safe and efficient movement of freight at its facility alongside the St. Johns River.
The TOTE Group established First Coast Terminals, LLC (FCT) to expand services offered to customers in the Port of Jacksonville. FCT provides stevedoring and cargo operations in support of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s vessels at JAXPORT’s Blount Island terminal. FCT leverages experienced port management personnel and a wide network of immediately deployable resources.
“The creation of First Coast Terminals further demonstrates the TOTE Group’s long-term commitment to its customers, the Puerto Rico trade and the safe and efficient movement of freight through JAXPORT,” said TOTE Group, LLC Chief Operating Officer Mike Noone. “This new terminal operations company provides customers with advantages supporting efficient operations that minimize downtime and expedite the loading and unloading of freight.”
Situated on nearly 50 acres alongside the St. Johns River and 12.5 nautical miles from the sea buoy, FCT oversees five berths, capable of handling containers and roll-on/rolloff (Ro/Ro) freight. FCT’s operations accommodate 5,500 forty-foot equivalent units (FEUs) and 420 refrigerated (reefer) containers. Reefers at this JAXPORT terminal are supported by 422 underground reefer plugs and a backup power generator.
It also features a fenced facility that offers 24/7 security and surveillance by closed circuit cameras and onsite security guards. Visibility is provided by Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) technology for real-time information of gate activity, discharged and load updates, and container inventory. Container tracking is also available. Services offered by FCT include: trucker validation and verification; receiving and dispatching of equipment, stevedore services for Lo/Lo, Ro/Ro, barges and vehicle carriers; vehicle receiving and dispatching for car carriers; receiving and dispatching of equipment; transfers from equipment; and stripping and stuffing of breakbulk cargo.